Obama says Syria chemical weapons attack threatens Israel, Jordan

WASHINGTON Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:15pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to reporters about Syria during a meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington August 30, 2013 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to reporters about Syria during a meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington August 30, 2013

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened U.S. allies Israel and Jordan and said his preference would have been for the international community to move forward on a response.

While meeting with visiting leaders at the White House, Obama told reporters the United States was still in the planning process for a response to the chemical weapons use in Syria.

He said he was looking at a limited action against Syria that would not involve an open-ended commitment or major military operation.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, writing by Jeff Mason; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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TBellchambers wrote:
John Kerry claims 1429 Syrians were killed last week by chemical weapons in Damascus.

In Operation Cast Lead from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009, the Israeli military carried out an attack on the Gaza Strip.
‘The magnitude of the harm to the local population was unprecedented: 1,389 Palestinians were +killed-, 759 of whom did not take part in the hostilities.’

The IDF used white phosphorus as a chemical weapon against civilians, which was a war crime. No one as yet been brought before the international court.

In both the above cases, chemical weapons were used against civilians but in Gaza, notwithstanding a damning report by the UNHRC, no action was taken against Israel. No cruise missiles were trained on Tel Aviv in punishment and America remained virtually silent.

Aug 30, 2013 2:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
1942.bill wrote:
He doesn’t give a damn about Israel or Jordan.

Aug 30, 2013 3:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kracked1nut wrote:
Yes, and a US strike on Syria threatens world stability.
Take your great ideas and shove them Mr prez of I want to rule the world. Or is it :United States of Israel?

Aug 30, 2013 3:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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